Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are sent to your browser and stored on your computer, mobile phone or other device when you visit a website. The cookies send information back to the originating website or another website that recognises that cookie.

Cookies can be permanent (these are known as persistent cookies) where they remain on your computer until you delete them, or temporary (these are known as session cookies) where they last only until you close your browser. Cookies can also be first-party cookies which are those set by the website which is being visited, or third-party cookies which are set by a website other than the one being visited.


We use cookies for purposes, such as improving the functionality of our websites, letting you navigate between pages efficiently, understanding site usage and generally improving the user experience. For example, we may use cookies to personalise your experience at our sites (e.g., to recognise you by name when you return to a site), save your password in password-protected areas, and enable you to use shopping carts on our sites.


The cookies we use on our websites can be categorised as follows:

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to fully experience the website and use the features and functionalities available to you, such as access to secure areas of the website.

We use this type of cookie to handle user registration. Without these cookies services you have asked for cannot be provided. These cookies are first-party cookies and can be either permanent or temporary. In short, without these cookies our websites won't work properly or won't be able to provide certain features and functionalities.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance, which pages visitors visit most often, in order to provide a better user experience. These cookies do not personally identify individual visitors.

We use these cookies to:

•provide statistics on how our websites are used

•measure the delivery and performance of our advertising campaigns

These cookies could be permanent or temporary cookies, first-party or third-party cookies. In short, these cookies collect information on the pages visited and the adverts viewed.


If you would like to restrict, block or remove cookies you can do this through your web browser settings. Depending on which browser you are using the steps required vary slightly. Click on any of the browser links below for instructions.

Internet Explorer


Google Chrome  



Safari iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)  

If you are not using any of the above browsers, then the "Help" function within your web browser will tell you what you need to do.

You can also visit for more information on how to manage and remove cookies across a number of different internet browsers.

Please note that certain areas of our websites can only be accessed by having cookies enabled and you should be aware that disabling cookies may prevent you from accessing some of our content and enjoying the full features of our websites.

By continuing to navigate without changing your browser settings you consent to our use of cookies as outlined in this policy.

For information on how to manage cookies on your mobile device browser, you will need to refer to your handset manual.

The Cookie Policy posted on this service was updated on 26 March 2018.

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